SF State students celebrate Hanukkah away from home

December 8, 2011 News

The winter holidays are usually a time to be with family, but college students can often find themselves far from home and must find their own ways to celebrate. For the Jewish students at SF State, it’s a rite of passage to discover what celebrating Hanukkah means to them as adults. “It’s kind of like ...

More SF State students returning to Career Center for help in difficult economy

December 8, 2011

While students struggle to find careers after graduating from college, not all of them are taking advantage of the resources available to them on campus. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate among college students has climbed to 4.4 percent in October from 4.2 percent the previous month. The nation’s unemployment rate ...

BART will shut down cell phone service in "extreme circumstances"

December 6, 2011

The BART board of directors held a meeting Thursday, Dec. 1 and voted unanimously for a new policy for riders that would allow cell phone service to be shut down under extreme circumstances. The BART press release states that cell phone service could be temporarily interrupted, but only when BART “determines that there is strong ...

AUDIO SLIDESHOW: Peeping into the Lusty Lady (NSFW)

December 6, 2011 Life

The Lusty Lady, a co-op, is the only unionized erotic establishment where employees split their time between school, personal lives and what many would consider a risque form of employment. Kitty McMuffin— unionized stripper, burlesque dancer, peep-show owner and armchair psychologist— tells her story in her own words through the eyes of Xpress photographer Elijah Nouvelage. ...

Campus crime update: a roommate smack down, holiday theft and a flying brick

December 6, 2011

Here’s an update on campus crimes that occurred between November 24 and December 2. ‘Tis the Season to be an A-hole This year’s Black Friday shop-a-thon consisted of door-busting sales around the U.S. and an incident where one woman pepper-sprayed a fellow shopper to nab a Microsoft Xbox 360, presumably because playing Dance Central 2 ...

University police report shows uptick in crime at SF State

December 6, 2011 1 Comment

The annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report was recently released by SF State University Police Department and it shows that theft and sexual crimes have risen on campus. The report shows reported crime statistics for 2008-2010, which is divided by the following locations: campus, residential community, public property and non-campus property. According to the ...

Crime, theft rates rise on SF State campus

December 5, 2011

While a quick flip through the SF State crime log would have students believe the campus is generally safe, crime has been pushed to the forefront, especially with a recent robbery in which a student was threatened with a gun. Crime is becoming an ongoing issue on campus, but this past semester, the highest reported ...

Top ten places to hangout at SF State

December 5, 2011 2 Comments

The top ten campus hot spots Finals getting you down? Need a place to hangout and relax before knocking out that essay on Charlemagne? Well, Xpress Editors Michelle Olson and Cassie Becker compiled a list of the coolest places to hangout on campus during the end the semester. Don’t see your favorite spot on the ...

VIDEO: CSU professors work multiple jobs to make ends meet

December 5, 2011

There’s more to being a teacher than time spent in the classroom — there are office hours, lesson planning and grading assignments, and that’s not even considering the various committees they may choose to be on. For some, being a professor at SF State requires big sacrifices. And some are being forced to sacrifice even more ...

Winter championships breathe life into San Francisco boxing scene

December 4, 2011 Sports

Terry Fernandez (right) tries to connect with Vince Hernandez (left) during a match at the Boxing SF Winter Championships in San Francisco, Calif., Dec. 2. Photo by Elijah Nouvelage Nargis Shagasi is a straight-A student. In the spring, she will graduate with honors from the University of San Francisco with a degree in political science. ...

SF State men's basketball team adds nine new transfers

December 4, 2011 Sports

New advances have been made to SF State men’s basketball team as the squad embraces nine new faces, including three Division I transfers. Despite being new to the school, these latest additions have settled in and established themselves as a contributing force to the team. Griffin Reilly, James Albright and Casey James transferred to the ...

Students should factor sleep into their schedules

December 4, 2011 Opinion

“The party last night was too good to pass up,” “I had to study for that midterm,” “I was on stumble all night and I just needed to click one more time.” These three statements have one main thing in common; they are all real-life excuses for why college students didn’t get enough sleep the ...

Basketball team loses lead late in game against Chico State

December 2, 2011 Sports

Wins continued to elude the SF State women’s basketball team Thursday night as they dropped their second home game of the season to Chico State, 54-59. The Gators maintained a slim lead for most of the game, but with five and a half minutes left in play the team fell behind, and stayed behind. “We ...

SF State men's bastketball team falls to undefeated Chico State

December 2, 2011 News Sports

The crowd erupted repetitively in the last two minutes of the SF State men’s basketball game against the Chico State Wildcats. On their feet and shouting, fans cheered for a comeback as the Gators fought to gain possession to try scoring the few points that would tie the game. Despite the positive cheering, the Gators ...

Occupy SFSU plans to camp out through end of fall semester

December 2, 2011 News 3 Comments

After successfully setting up an overnight encampment, Occupy SFSU held its first general assembly late last night at SF State. The general assembly voted through majority rule on encampment rules, which are as follows: no smoking, no littering, no use of drugs or alcohol, no violence against another person and no defecating and/or urinating. Occupiers ...

EXTENDED VIDEO: Robert A. Corrigan addresses Occupy

December 2, 2011 News 1 Comment

SF State president Robert A. Corrigan had an open forum with the Occupy SFSU group the afternoon of Dec. 1 where he addressed their and his own concerns about the current financial crisis that is facing the country and the schools. Footage by Brittney Barsotti   Related Articles: VIDEO, PDF: Occupy SFSU’s letter to President ...

Occupy SFSU protesters meet with Corrigan, set up camp

December 2, 2011 News 2 Comments

Nearly 150 SF State students attended an Occupy SF State rally yesterday in Malcolm X plaza to protest the coming 9 percent tuition fee hike. What began as a bunch of students chanting and defacing ATMs turned into a legitimate question and answer session with SF State President Robert A. Corrigan. At approximately 3:15 p.m., ...

VIDEO, PDF: Occupy SFSU's letter to President Corrigan

December 1, 2011 News 2 Comments

Video by Brittney Barsotti President Corrigan, On November 16, 2011, the California State University Board of Trustees voted to raise the student tuition fee by 9% starting Fall 2012. With the 12% increase passed this summer, CSU tuition has gone up 283% since 2002. The quality of our education has not risen with the cost. ...

VIDEO, PHOTOS: Occupy SFSU begins encampment

December 1, 2011 News 5 Comments

At about 3 p.m. today students filled Malcolm X Plaza for a rally against the nine percent tuition hike that was recently passed. Speakers addressed the crowd of about 150 students present when the march began to go through Cesar Chavez Student Center about 20 minutes later. The students who are part of the Occupy ...

Student stress peaks during preparation for finals

December 1, 2011

She hypnotically stares into her MacBook while constructing a book for her design class and unwillingly lending an ear to the professor lecturing about Asian American studies. The MacBook is strategically hidden so the professor never notices her disobeying his ban of laptops. Being busy has become normal for SF State student Altarose Calaguin, 22, ...

SF State students, professor collect mushrooms for fungus fair

December 1, 2011

Late fall is the time for the fleshy bodies of fungi to find their way to the moist, earthy surface. This time of year, mushroom specialist and biology teacher JR Blair can be found at McClaren Park with students from SF State collecting hundreds of species of mushrooms for the much anticipated Fungus Fair. “All of ...

Hacktivism: the intersection of advocacy and technology

December 1, 2011

Anyone who has attended protests or been involved with activism in the last few years can tell you: The times, they are a changin’. Tools of activists used to include self-published pamphlets and posters. Networking happened in person at organizational meetings. These days, in a time of advancing and evolving technology, the tools have evolved ...

SF State: are we prepared for a major earthquake?

December 1, 2011 News

It could happen at anytime, anywhere. It starts with distant rumbling followed by the subtle sway of the ground beneath, the superficial evidence of a tumultuous tectonic tumble seething underground. San Francisco has experienced several earthquakes during the past few months, with three at or above 3.8 magnitude during October. “I’ve been here for three ...

Fitness workshops whip SF State students into shape

November 29, 2011 Sports

That girl you don’t like, your twin, your health, your self esteem — what is your motivation? Whatever you answered, SF State’s Group X classes are designed to help students meet their fitness goals. This was the case Nov. 17 when instructors Jackelyn Ho and Erika Eugenio combined their TurboKick and Guts n’ Butts classes ...

VIDEO: Dissecting friends with benefits

November 29, 2011 Life

Reporters Ruby Perez and Devery Sheffer ask SF State students to share their opinions on the dangerous world of “friends with benefits.” Filmed by Ruby Perez and Devery Sheffer. Produced by Ruby Perez.

VIDEO: Dining healthy at SF State

November 29, 2011 Life

Xpress reporter, Kealan Cronin, and sports editor, Godofredo Vasquez ask students how they keep healthy with the food options on campus. Video by Godofredo Vasquez. Interviews and produced by Kealan Cronin.

SF State's "Tree of Life" exhibit features family heritage, mummies

November 29, 2011 Life

There is a mummy in the Humanities building. And the reason it’s there is actually a bit cute. Before there were digital cameras and online photo albums, people kept track of their family histories in different ways: millennium-old coins, miniature stone sculptures, and yes, mummies. A new student-run museum exhibit on campus, called Tree of ...

Depression: with help, there is a chance for a better life

November 29, 2011 News Opinion

Getting out of bed is rough enough for any college student. But it’s nearly impossible if you have depression. The condition is rampant in college. According to a recent article on depression statistics by Therese J. Borchard, one out of every four college students or adults suffers from some form of clinical depression. I’ve suffered ...

UC Davis police: say it, don't spray it

November 29, 2011 Opinion 1 Comment

While it has been almost two weeks since the pepper spray incident at UC Davis, the excessive actions taken by police against unarmed protestors remains ingrained in the minds of many. About 200 students were in the quad of UC Davis Friday, Nov. 18, at about 3:30 p.m. when between 10 and 15 students sat, ...

Cesar Chavez Student Center evacuated after flood

November 29, 2011 News

The Cesar Chavez Student Center was evacuated this afternoon due to a flood. A pipe burst on the Plaza Level of the Student Center and the building is expected to be closed for at least an hour, according to Taylor McElroy, the building manager. McElroy said there were more damages than first anticipated. The flood ...

Attention Deficit Disorder: a reality for many, not a myth

November 29, 2011 News Opinion

Sometimes I wonder if I myself have autism. My mom thinks I probably have dementia. You’d never hear anyone casually musing with self-diagnosis of serious mental disorders, unless that disorder is Attention Deficit Disorder. I was diagnosed with ADD as a tween and it has been a part of my everyday life as long as ...

Campus crime update: search and rescue, a fare evader and another thief

November 28, 2011 News

Here’s an update on campus crimes that occurred from Nov. 14. to Nov 28. Friends stick together A student asked police to help locate their missing, drunk friend Tuesday, Nov. 15. The drunk friend was found semi-conscious near the Creative Arts building. The two friends looked to each other, singing, “reunited and it feels so ...